A word from our Tumuaki/Principal

Troy Duckworth

Tēnā koutou katoa,

I’m Troy and I started my journey as the Tumuaki (Principal) here in January 2022. I came from Russell Street School where I was the Tumuaki Tuarua (Deputy Principal) for 4 years and a kaiako (teacher) there for 7 years.

I come to Palmy by way of South Auckland where I was born and bred. However, I love the Manawatū and am a huge advocate for this place, despite the bad rep it sometimes gets from those who don’t know how good it is! I’ve also taught overseas in Dubai and Brunei Darussalam.

I come from a lineage of educational leadership as both my parents were proud tumuaki in Auckland, so they were delighted I’ve followed in their footsteps. I pride myself on building positive relationships with everyone, which ties in nicely to one of our school values of whanaungatanga. I’m a huge believer of the whakataukī ‘Mā te pā te tamaiti e whakatipu’ - It takes a village to raise the child and want that for all here at Turitea School.

I am pretty easy to find around here and you will usually hear me before you see me. I love sour lollies and shoes. You'll always find me rocking a pair of Jordans. I'm a massive fan of the NBA, (Phoenix Suns - Rally The Valley) the UFC and the Formula 1. I love having a yarn with those who are passionate about those things too, or ways to make our kura the best place it can be.

Ko wai tātau? (who are we?)

Meet Our Staff

Meagan Gooding

Rimu Kaiako - Year 0/1

Hannah Evans

Rimu Kaiako - Year 0/1

Anna Kane

Rātā Kaiako - Year 1/2


Pōhutukawa Kaiako - Year 2/3

Trish Molloy

MataĪ Kaiako - Year 3 / 4

Cameron Schaw

Tōtara Kaiako - Year 4-6

Karen Walker

Kahikatea KAIAKO - Year 4 - 6

Troy Duckworth


Dani Macdonald

Sports Coordinator

Julie MacDonald

Office Administrator

Faye Taylor

Release Kaiako

Bridgit James

Release Kaiako

Mitzy Walmsley

Teaching Assistant

Aimi Morris

Teaching Assistant

Kirstin Wilson

teaching Assistant

Meryl Butler